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Int Psychogeriatr. 1989 Spring;1(1):5-15.

Clinical features of depression in the nursing home.

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Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Pennsylvania.

Abstract

The prevalence of depression among nursing home residents was estimated by screening a group of residents selected from a random sample on the basis of cognitive status; it ranged from 18-20% for major depression to 27-44% for other dysphoric states. Though individual patients were observed to change over a 6-month period, depression as assessed with the Geriatric Depression Scale was, in general, persistent. Major depression was clinically confirmed in 8 of 10 patients identified at screening. It was characterized by medical disorders that complicated diagnosis and treatment, and by increased mortality relative to the rest of the population.

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2518789
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